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Sox player Nick Swisher gave himself the nickname Dirty Thirty, and I've never heard anybody call him that except mockingly (I call him Nick the Swish--he's leading the team in strikeouts by a wide margin, with 94, one in about every four at-bats). Enter Ken Griffey, who'll likely go into the hall of fame as number 30. What's Swish to do in the face of a baseball great who might tie Sammy Sosa's 609 career home runs in tonight's game against the Royals? He offered to give Griffey his number, coming up with the bright idea of changing his nickname to Dirty One. But contrary to reports, Griffey's graciously declined. He's on the field tonight wearing number 17.